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J.J. Barea expected to miss 6 weeks with a torn calf muscle

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The Mavericks will lose their best offensive creator for a while.

NBA: Dallas Mavericks at Indiana Pacers Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

J.J. Barea will miss about a month and a half with a torn muscle between his calf and the tendon, according to ESPN.

Barea hurt himself during the fourth quarter of the Mavs-Celtics game, where he went down with what appeared to be a lower leg injury. The Mavericks are calling it a left calf strain for Barea. As he turned the corner on a screen he fell to the floor and grabbed his left calf, needing assistance to leave the floor.

Dallas also lost Deron Williams to a calf strain that he aggravated in the first half. Williams never looked quite right from the jump and now the Mavericks are down to one guard on the roster. Seth Curry will likely start for the team until Williams is healthy again, but the team also waived Quincy Acy and signed Jonathan Gibson to add more guard depth to the roster.

Barea’s absence will be a huge loss to a Maverick offense that was barely functioning as is. He has averaged 16 points and five assists in nine games this season, by far the best start to any season in his career.